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Yoshitomo Nara

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Hirosaki, Japan

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May, 2016 Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Yoshitomo Nara is a contemporary Japanese pop artist. The subject matter of his sculptures and paintings is deceptively simple: most works depict one seemingly innocuous subject (often pastel-hued children and animals drawn with confident, cartoonish lines) with little or no background. But these children, who appear at first to be cute and even vulnerable, sometimes brandish weapons like knives and saws. Their wide eyes often hold accusatory looks that could be sleepy-eyed irritation at being awoken from a nap—or that could be undiluted expressions of hate.

An essay about his work can be seen here.

Recent Exhibits

Yoshitomo Nara participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2016 New Works
Stephen Friedman Gallery
Nov, 2015 Breaking through to the actual via the imagination ---Long museum collection show concept by Yuko Hasegawa
Long Museum - West Bund
Oct, 2015 Shallow Puddles
Blum & Poe Tokyo
Sep, 2015 Solo Exhibition
Johnen Galerie
Jul, 2015 Summer Group Show
Pace Gallery - 57th St.
Jun, 2015 Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition
Stephen Friedman Gallery
Click here to see all exhibits for Yoshitomo Nara
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